After 161 games, the Boston Red Sox season comes down to this: Win tonight’s game against the Orioles. If the Sox win and the Tampa Bay Rays lose to the Yankees, the Red Sox make the playoffs. If both the Rays and the Sox win, there’s a playoff tomorrow afternoon in Tampa. And if the Sox lose and the Rays win . . . well, they’ll go down as the biggest September chokers in history. (Dave Sheinin has everything you need to know over on Baseball Insider.)
But there’s no time to dwell on the negative. Some Sox fans will spend tonight sitting on their couch, peeking through their fingers at ESPN or MASN, trying to think positive thoughts. Others will be out at a Red Sox-friendly bar, downing Harpoon or Sam Adams and rooting the team on to victory.
Here’s what’s going on at some of the most reliable Sox bars tonight. If you’re heading somewhere else, let us know in the comments.
Rhino Bar proclaims its loyalty to the Red Sox at every turn, including flags and huge banners across the facade of the Georgetown watering hole, and it’s generally packed for the playoffs, so expect a good crowd tonight.
Mister Days has sponsored Red Sox happy hours in the past, and still draws fans. The game will be shown on 100 televisions — including several big screens — and special food and drink deals include a $2 menu until 9 p.m.
The Ugly Mug, which bills itself as “the official Red Sox bar of Southeast D.C.,”will show the game on its flatscreen TVs, and since it’s Wednesday, there are half-price burgers all night.
The Pour House isn’t an “official” Red Sox bar, but the mural of the Green Monster on the wall is a clear sign that Sox fans (as well as Yankees) are welcome. Wednesday night specials include $3 pints and $12 pitchers of Yuengling, as well as half-price burgers.
An Irish pub filled with Boston fans? Who would have thought it? Ireland’s Four Courts is “the proud home of Red Sox Nation” and shows every game.